Manual scavenging to be stopped: Maha CM
Manual scavenging in the temple town of Pandharpur in Solapur district of Maharashtra would be stopped, State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan informed the Legislative Assembly today.
Pandharpur is the only place in the state where conservancy workers are traditionally forced to carry human excreta on their heads to the pits.
The Chief Minister gave the assurance after some members raised the issue of conservancy workers from Pandharpur undertaking a protest fast at the Azad Maidan here.
The issue has gained limelight after it figured in the TV show 'Satyameva Jayate' hosted by Aamir Khan.
Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse said the practice continues despite a ban. Jitendra Awhad (NCP) and Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP) alleged the government was ignoring the plight of Pandharpur workers.
A rehabilitation plan would be prepared for conservancy workers, who would also get houses, Chavan said.
The members said conservancy workers in Pandharpur are overworked when over 10 lakh devotees throng the place for Ashadhi Ekadashi pilgrimage during monsoon.